The supremacy of law is not just one among many instruments of good government; it is good government itself. The converse is equally true: in the absence of the rule of law, good government cannot be said to exist.
With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, Glenn Greenwald
It is very likely that never in human history have there been as many treatises, essays, theories and analyses focused on culture as there are today. This fact is even more surprising given that culture, in the meaning traditionally ascribed to the term, is now on the point of disappearing. And perhaps it has already disappeared, discreetly emptied of its content, and replaced by another content that distorts its earlier meaning.
==Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society (Llosa, Mario Vargas) (A truly powerful work from one of the last great world intellectual)
When the faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, and the people die. That is the progression. And as the faith that gave birth to the West is dying in the West, peoples of European descent from the steppes of Russia to the coast of California have begun to die out, as the Third World treks north to claim the estate. The last decade provided corroborating if not conclusive proof that we are in the Indian summer of our civilization.
In the past, nations that foresaw their own demise fell to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Plague, Famine, and Death. Riding point for the old quartet in today’s more civilized world is a Fifth Horseman: Loss of Faith. Today’s cultures are dying of apathy, not by the swords of their enemies.
==How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too),David Goldman
Faith, as C. S. Lewis wrote, “Is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” Faith comes in many different forms. There is faith of the religious kind, a belief held without direct confirmable knowledge in the existence of a God, or even many Gods. Kierkegaard described the “existential leap of faith”, as the ability of an individual to hold two diametrically opposed beliefs at the same time, even if held for the briefest of time, such as the belief that a ballerina’s leap into the air is in fact defying gravity, when all reason and sound logic denies it. Ballerinas cannot fly. The antithesis of faith is confirmed evidence and certainty.
However, to the truly skeptical mind, almost all of our rational, well-reasoned “facts” are questionable, which leads to a heavy reliance on faith in order to function, to survive. We skeptics can now even point to the possibility that one of the formerly immutable laws of Einstein’s physics, that nothing can move faster than the speed of light, is in fact false, which if so proven would upend all of 20th century scientific thought on the nature of the universe. Yet, we have faith that our mind’s interpretation of reality is true, that reality exists. This is the kind of faith that is the sinew of the daily functioning of all of humankind’s personal as well as cultural interactions.
To exist, we must have faith. When a peoples faith in the supremacy of the rule of law and in the honesty, integrity and selfless service to the people dies–America dies with it.
At least with current science the future is improvable. Faith in the future, and its evolutionarily associated optimism, represents one of the essential cornerstones of non-religious based faith.
Faith in the honesty and integrity of those we deal with in our lives and society is called trust. Faith permeates all of our lives and the societies that are comprised of us. It is the quintessential essence of the human conscious mind, as it allows each of us to put one foot forward every day, as well as place a man on the moon.
Human progress is but a stepchild of our individual and cultural faith. Thus, taken at any level, from the mystical faith in God’s omniscient presence, an afterlife, reincarnation, or simply oneness with the universe after our physical death, to faith in our family, our business associates, our government and those that represent us therein, faith is essential for survival.
Faith is essential to the survival of each of us as individuals and to our culture and civilization. Can any of us survive in our daily lives without relying on faith? Can a nation, culture, and civilization survive, reproducing its essential heritage and core ideological and genetic quintessence over generations without faith?
What happens to a civilization when it loses faith, in its God, in its culture, in its government and in the sanctity of the laws that support it? The annihilation of faith leads to a sustained, potentially irreversible loss of cohesion, of a society’s internal dynamic, vibrancy and productive energy—in essence a fraying towards thermodynamic entropy, death.
All of Western Civilization, with America still its most dynamic representative, is heading towards this end if we do not undergo a revolution of spirit, and civic and government renewal. We need another “Great Awakening”, a Jonathan Edwards not of a religious but a political bent. We need a revivalist surge that restores the absolute sanctity of the rule of law in America.
We need to restore Americans’ faith in government and the “promise of American life”. This cannot be done unless we restore the “empire of laws” from the sucking tar pits of an empire of the elite and of the sword.
The false faith of hubris, the faith that government knows best, that what is good for a plutocracy and aristocracy of power sustained by wealth is right for America, is a narcissistic shallow faith that is only self-serving and false. It serves but a few and cannot succor the American soul. America must return to the rule of law.
There can be no princes in America. But, there are. They govern us, they entertain us, control our media, and we spend untold billions idolizing many of them. Moreover, most of them are above the law. Talk about moral hazard!
These are truly evil people!
A Dog Ate the Emails–How Stupid are we???
The State Department on Friday sought to delay its final release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, blaming a massive snowstorm hitting Washington as well as an internal “oversight.” In a court filing, the department asked a federal court to delay by a month the Jan. 29 deadline for it to release the last batch of roughly 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails believed to be work-related.
The emails, thousands of which have been released on a monthly basis since last year, have become a constant headache for Clinton’s front-runner Democratic presidential campaign. More than 1,300 of the emails from the former secretary of State’s private email account and server have been classified — some at a level higher than top secret.
Roughly 82 percent of Clinton’s emails have been released, the State Department says.However, last week the State Department realized that more than 7,200 pages of Clinton’s emails had not yet been sent to other agencies, which are required to review them for potential redactions before they can be made public.